With so much bad news being reported on the national news, the report today that the Great Bend Rotary Club has revived the Fishing and Wishing program was an especially nice lift. Not only does it signal that the efforts of the city to control the blue-green-algae problem of the past several years is working, it also provides a certain symbolism that the people of our city have positive feelings about sporting, our youth, and a lifestyle that makes Great Bend a great place to live.
On Monday the nation will celebrate Labor Day, recognizing the contributions of everyone who works for a living. This holiday, like the 40-hour work week or the internet, was such a brilliant idea that more than one group or individual have been given credit for it.
Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation Thursday designating Sept. 5-11 as Suicide Prevention Week in the State of Kansas. Suicide Prevention Week is recognized nationally as a time to raise awareness and educate people concerning suicide prevention. It is observed in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10.
The school year is only days old and there is already the tragic story of three young people and one older driver dying in a car crash early last Thursday morning. The two-vehicle wreck occurred near Silver Lake and also critically injured another passenger.
It was a time for the City of Great Bend to come together for one of those old-fashioned community wide celebrations. The fourth-annual Party in the Park was last Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park, and Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said it was "an incredible success."
The United Way of Central Kansas launched its 2017 campaign Saturday night. The theme was "Stars and Stripes and United Way Forever," harking back to the glory days of Hollywood. The goal this year is $275,000, and the effort ends Dec. 31.
The November election can't come too soon. And while many voters express their admiration for a non-career politician in the race, this campaign season has proven one thing that said politicians are at least proficient at. Precision of speech is a good thing..